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Master of Criminal Justice

University of Canterbury

Subject area

Legal Studies

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Entry requirements

An approved Bachelor's degree.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

Students will have acquired an advanced understanding of the theories of the causes of crime, including psychological, sociological, cultural and environmental theories and the empirical research that underpins those theories. They will also have an understanding of the statute and case law governing the criminal justice process, particularly aspects of the criminal law, criminal procedure and sentencing. They will have a good knowledge of the systems and institutions involved in the criminal justice process including prisons and providers of community service penalties, the police, the courts, restorative justice and health providers whose activities are linked to the criminal justice process. Graduates will be able to interpret relevant legislation, analyse and critique existing policies in criminal justice fields and identify or appraise suggestions for reform.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Society and Culture at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Rural Women New Zealand Tertiary Bursaries

Provided by:

Rural Women New Zealand



$1,000 each.

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Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award

Provided by:

University of Canterbury - The Scholarships Office



Course fees and a certificate of proficiency

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 827 748
Phone: (03) 369 3999

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